Edwin Mortimer Hopkins

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Edwin Mortimer Hopkins
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Biographical details
Born(1862-09-16)September 16, 1862
Kent, New York
DiedJune 13, 1946(1946-06-13) (aged 83)
Lawrence, Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record

Edwin Mortimer Hopkins (September 16, 1862 – June 13, 1946) was an American university professor and college football coach. He served on the faculty at the University of Kansas from 1891 to 1937, where he was the head of the English department for many years.[1] Hopkins graduated from Princeton University in 1888 with a bachelor's degree in English and earned a master's degree the following year. While at Princeton he was elected to the "Lit" board in 1888.[2] That same year he won "The Lippincott prize" of $50 for writing the best article on "Social Life at Princeton".[2] He returned to Princeton to complete his PhD in 1894, and upon his return to KU he became a full professor in English.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Hopkins in 1893 as an Associate Professor in English at the University of Kansas

While Hopkins never played football, he was hired to be the very first head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks for the second season of the program's history. He was hired for the most part because he had recently arrived at the university from back east where the sport had already been established for several decades and was quickly gaining in popularity, which gave him a fresh thorough understanding of the game.[1] He led the team to an undefeated season with a mark of 7–0–1.[1][4]

At the University of Kansas, he was instrumental in founding several regional and national organizations. He was a founder of the Quill Club, the English Journal, and the Kansas Association of Teachers of English.[1] As he was a direct descendant of Stephen Hopkins,[1] one of the passengers of the Mayflower, he founded the Kansas Society of Mayflower Descendants. In addition, he was a charter member of the American Association of University Professors and played an important role in the formation of the National Council of Teachers of English where he served as director for several years and president in 1915.[1] He was also the director of a large national survey on the cost and labor of English in the United States from 1913 to 1931 backed by the United States Bureau of Education, the National Education Association, the Modern Language Association, and the National Council.[1] In 1905, he reorganized the University Daily Kansan as part of his work reorganizing the school of Journalism at the university, which he had begun in 1903.

Later life and death[edit]

Hopkins had a lifelong love of music. As an officer of the Philadelphian Society at Yale in 1888 he served as their official organist.[5] Later on while living in Lawrence, Kansas he served as a church organist and choir director at three different churches, spending his last 25 years as the organist of the Lawrence Baptist Church. Hopkins died on June 13, 1946, in Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 83. He was married to Madeleine May Mundy (November 2, 1863 – July 30, 1944) from 1890 until her death in 1944 in Topeka, Kansas. He and his wife never had any children. Hopkins was a native of Kent, New York.[6] He and his wife were buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Metuchen, New Jersey.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas Jayhawks (Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1891)
1891 Kansas 7–0–1
Kansas: 7–0–1
Total: 7–0–1


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Prof. Edw. M. Hopkins, 84, Dies in Kansas was son of a farmer in Kent". The Putnam County Courier. June 20, 1946.
  2. ^ a b "Princeton Letter". The Princetonian. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University. March 22, 1887. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Edwin Mortimer Hopkins Papers, 1887–1894: Preliminary Finding Aid". Princeton University. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "2010 Football Media Guide". University of Kansas Athletics Department. 2010: 182. Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Philadelphian Officers". The Princetonian. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University. December 7, 1887. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Deaths" (PDF). The New York Times. June 15, 1946. Retrieved December 26, 2010.

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